Hare’s Ear

Otidea onotica

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Hare’s Ear Otidea onotica (Pers.) Fuckel syn. Peziza onotica Pers. (illustrated 40% life size) Cup 2–6cm wide, 3–10cm high, lopsided, irregularly ear-shaped, attached to substrate by a short, indistinct whitish stalk; inner surface ochraceous, flushed pinkish, outer similarly coloured, slightly scurfy. Flesh white; thin. Spores 12–13×5–6¼, broadly elliptical, containing 2 oil drops. Asci 250×10¼, not blued by iodine. Paraphyses slender, curved at tip. Habitat in soil in deciduous or mixed woodland; autumn. Occasional. Not edible.

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